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By zapachar ·
I purchased a powercolor radeon 9600XT. I need to know is it compaitable with the ABIT KR7A-raid motherboard. When I install it I get computer post beeps. 1 long, 2 short. Can you help by telling me what I need to do to fix this problem?

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by TheChas In reply to powecolor radeon 9600XT

Yes, I do believe that the beep code corresponds to a video problem.

The first thing to check is to verify that the card is fully seated in the AGP slot.
The AGP socket uses interleaved pins. The card only needs to be a few thousandths of an inch from fully seated to not function.

Next, check the specifications on the box or manual.
Does the board support AGP 4X mode?
(PowerColor's web site does not provide much information.)
(Per ATI, the 9600XT GPU does support 4X mode.)
If the board does not support 4X mode, then it cannot be used with the KR7A. The KR7A only supports AGP 2X and 4X modes.

Next, how much RAM do you have?
You should have at least twice the system RAM as the RAM on the video card.

Trick #1:
The AGP Aperture setting needs to be no less than the RAM on the video card.
Install your old video card.
Boot up and enter BIOS setup.
Set the AGP Aperture to at least 128MB.
Save changes and exit BIOS setup.

Looking over the video FAQ at this site:

http://www.sudhian.com/showfaqs.cfm?fid=7&fcid=8

I see 2 things that lead me to suspect that the KR7A does NOT support the ATI 9600.
Further, you MUST use a video card that supports AGP 2X mode.

First, the setting for AGP 4X mode is NOT a default.
This setting must be enabled in BIOS settings AFTER the BIOS detects a card that supports AGP 4X mode.

So, unless the card supports AGP 2X mode, you can't boot up and enter BIOS settings to change to 4X mode.

Second, a number of users have had problems with the ATI 8500 series.

Bottom line, I think you need a video card that supports AGP 2X mode, and has 64MB or less video RAM for it to function with the KR7A motherboard.

Chas

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by TheChas In reply to

Trick #2.

I got this idea from a friend.

In addition to your new Radeon card, install a PCI video card.

Connect a monitor to the PCI card.

Boot up and enter BIOS setup.

You should now be able to see and enable AGP 4X mode.

Save changes and exit.

Shut the PC down and remove the PCI card.

You should now be able to boot with the Radeon card.

Note: If this does work, make sure to NEVER reset your CMOS. If you do, you will need to start over with the above process.

Chas

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